AUTHORGarthoff, Raymond L.
TITLEDétente and Confrontation: American-Soviet Relations from Nixon to Reagan
PUBLISHERBrookings Institution Press
CITYWashington, D.C.

This 1994 edition provides a comprehensive diplomatic history of U.S. and Soviet Union relations during the cycle of heightening and lessening tensions between 1969 and 1980. Significantly revised since the first edition in 1984, it includes a new forward and preface, both of which emphasize the continued importance of the subject, despite the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The author, a noted authority on arms control, argues that the historical relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union is vital to understanding the futures of both countries and impending global power struggles. Beginning with Richard M. Nixon’s attempt to establish amicable relations with the Soviet Union and ending with Jimmy Carter’s ultimate rejection of détente, the book delineates the various changes in U.S. policies and attitudes toward the Soviet Union during the 1970s. Its 1206 pages of great detail include coverage of the strategic arms limitation talks (SALT), in which the author was directly involved. Published by the Brookings Institution, the book aims to present the information objectively and without bias, hoping to aid future policy makers in the understanding of a critical period in U.S. history.

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